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I studied chemistry and Asian Studies in the Soviet Union, Hungary, and the U.S. before obtaining doctorates in history (Moscow State University) and sociology (Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Before coming to the VU, I taught at Macquarie University in Sydney.


My main research area is the international mobility of contemporary Chinese elites. I am also interested in Chinese nationalism, the politics of immigration in Eastern Europe, and comparative approaches to Eastern Europe and China.

Recent books:


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on historical and contemporary migrations, nationalism, ethnicity, and the politics of history.

I currently supervise dissertation research on

  • the politics of memory in Iran (Younes Saramifar, Anthropology),
  • migrant worker advocacy between Indonesia and Malaysia (Pamungkas Ayudaning Dewanto, Anthropology),
  • power and the state in a Chinese Muslim town (Jackson Liu, Anthropology),
  • the jade trade across the China-Burma border (Xiang Shaohua, Anthropology), 
  • the role of Western universities in China in the circulation of ideas (Gao Ning, History),
  • the role of museums in education in China (Feng Xiaodan, Anthropology),
  • historical memory among Bosnian youth (Li Weizhen, Anthropology), and
  • postpartum depression and ideas of maternity among Chinese women in the Netherlands (Fiona Shan, Sociology).

Ancillary activities

  • Editor, New Mobilities in Asia  series,  Amsterdam University Press
  • Member of the editorial boards of The China Journal and The Australian Journal of Anthropology
  • Member of the academic committee of the International Institute of Social History

Prizes and Awards

In 2003-04, I was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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China Social Sciences
cosmopolitanism Social Sciences
Hungary Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences
citizenship Social Sciences
music Social Sciences
labor Earth & Environmental Sciences
labor relations Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

Economic Nationhood and International Migration: The Case of China

Nyiri, P., 2019, Nationalism and the Economy: Explorations into a Neglected Relationship. Berger, S. & Fetzer, T. (eds.). Budapest: CEU Press, p. 237-246 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

international migration
nation state
decision to migrate
world economy

Fake China

Nyiri, P., 2 Jul 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

The “Rise of China” and Chinese in the world

Nyíri, P., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Chinese Overseas. 15, 1, p. 123-127 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Educating World Citizens: The Rise of International Education in the Twenty-First Century

Nyiri, P. D., 2018, Navigating History: Economy, Society, Knowledge, and Nature: Essays in Honour of Prof. Dr. C.A. Davids. Brandon, P., Go, S. & Verstegen, W. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 64-80 17 p. (Library of Economic History; vol. 11).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Activities 2007 2015

  • 3 Membership
  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Chinezen in Europa: veranderende beeldvorming

P.D. Nyiri (Speaker)
28 Jan 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The China Journal (External organisation)

P.D. Nyiri (Member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Press / Media

With Thaw Toward South Korea, Beijing Shelves Patriot Games - For Now

Pal Nyiri


1 media contribution

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Pal Nyiri


1 media contribution

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Pal Nyiri


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